Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

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Sportsmans Lodge Visit website

On the banks of the famous Tongariro River. Inexpensive, quiet garden setting. 1 self-contained garden cottage with queen-size bed and single bed, and nine very . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Visit website

NZ's first swim up bar and cafe in large lagoon thermally heated pool. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself with a spectacular . . . More . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

Skydive Taupo Visit website

Skydive from as high as 15,000 ft with 60 seconds of freefall at 200kph. At Skydive Taupo we focus on customer satisfaction and safety in . . . More . . . 

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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Visit website

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort offers a bed for every budget - from campsites through to luxurious 'Lake Villas'. Located at the gateway to the Thermal . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Wairakei Resort Taupo

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

Orakei Korako - The Hidden Valley Visit website

As featured in AA's 101 Must-Do's, situated just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua nestled on the shores of Lake . . . More . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels, Taupo

A luxury Taupo resort with stunning lake views Set on the shores of the country’s largest lake, this is one of Taupo luxury hotels with . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

Oasis Beach Resort Visit website

True lake edge location and fabulous facilities make this a favourite for many of our regular guests - this property has it all and is . . . More . . . 

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Huka Falls tracks

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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